Green Wave, Mahar play scoreless tie
Greenfield High School dug itself in an even deeper hole in the race for the postseason Monday night, when it played to a 0-0 draw against Mahar Regional School in a McGrath North Division boys’ soccer game in Orange.
The Green Wave (5-8-3 overall, 3-2-2 North) needs to finish second in the McGrath North to earn an automatic berth into the postseason. The Green Wave has just one game remaining in the season on Thursday night when it travels to North Division champion Turners Falls High School.
Heading into Monday, Greenfield was tied with Granby High School for second in the North Division, each school with two games to play. Granby took care of business with a 3-0 win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School, while the Green Wave was unable to do more than tie a Mahar team that has just one win on the season. A Greenfield win would have meant that if the Green Wave defeated Turners Falls Thursday, it would have earned an automatic berth. Because of the tie, the Green Wave now needs help from the same Senator team it tied Monday. Mahar travels to Granby Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. A Rams’ win will eliminate Greenfield from the postseason, while a tie would give Greenfield a tie for second and both teams would get in. A Mahar victory Thursday would mean that Greenfield could get into the postseason with a tie or a win.
The difference for Mahar may have come in the form of Chris Thorpe, who moved back to sweeper back from the midfield for the game and played very well in front of netminder Matt Simmington, who finished with eight saves. Mahar outshot Greenfield 13-8 but Green Wave goalie Mike Duclos also played well, turning aside all 13 shots he faced.
Granby 3, Mohawk 0 — Harrison Lussier registered a pair of goals as Granby bested Mohawk, 3-0, in McGrath Division North boys’ soccer play Monday in Granby.
Andrew Strycharz added the other marker and Devin Bergeron had an assist for the Rams, who led 1-0 at intermission.
Brett Sullivan had three saves for Granby. The Warriors’ Josh Taylor was credited with eight stops.
Monson 4, Athol 0 — Brien Couture scored one goal and assisted on two more to lead Monson High School to a 4-0 win over Athol High School in a Schmid Division boys’ soccer game Monday night in Monson.
The division-leading Mustangs (12-1-1, 7-0-1) led 2-0 at the half. Pat Murphy finished with one goal and one assist in the win. Liam Christian and Antonio Pratt each added one goal.
Ben Murphy stopped four shots to register the shutout. Garrett Hall made 14 saves in the Athol (7-7-1, 5-4-0).
Four Rivers 3, Charlemont 1 — Ben Garbus scored all three of his team’s goals Monday and Four Rivers Charter School upended the Academy at Charlemont, 3-1, in a River Valley Athletic League boys’ soccer game in Greenfield.
Garbus staked the Otters to a 2-0 first-half lead with his first two of the game. He completed the hat trick in the second half to put Four Rivers up 3-0 at the time.
Marcus Gould struck for the lone Charlemont goal of the game with just over nine minutes remaining.
Chandler Thoma played strong at sweeper back for Four Rivers to help keep a dangerous Charlemont attack at bay.
Four Rivers (6-5) hosts Eagle Hill School today at 3:45.
Sabis 4, Frontier 0 — Alon Chappell scored two goals and assisted on another as Sabis International Charter School blanked Frontier Regional School, 4-0, in a Schmid Division boys’ soccer match Monday in Springfield.
Paul Anderson notched the other two goals for the Bulldogs. Josh Evans and Andrew Berthiaume both added an assist.
Adam Corey made three saves to record the shutout for the Bulldogs, who outshot the Red Hawks, 15-6.
Dylan Husted and Shawn Mazur-Garcia each made three saves in a half for Frontier.
Central 0, Frontier 0, tie — Camilla Baronas rejected an eye-popping 33 shots to help Frontier Regional School earn a 0-0 tie against Central High School in Grieve Division girls’ soccer play Monday night in South Deerfield.
Yamilette Lopez made 11 saves in goal for the Golden Eagles (8-4-2, 5-1-1).
Red Hawks coach Jen Self was impressed with the play of senior back Olivia Baronas.
“I thought her skills, aggressiveness and sheer determination helped keep us in the game.,” said Self.
Turners 5, Greenfield 1 — Hailey Peterson registered two goals to help Turners Falls High School defeat Greenfield High School, 5-1, in a Franklin County League girls’ soccer match on Monday nigh at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Meredith Brown (assist), Nicole John and Jordan Meattey also rippled the twine for the Indians, who led 2-1 at the half.
Elise Brown had the Green Wave’s only goal.
Ashley Williams turned aside eight shots in goal for Turners, which held an 11-10 edge in shots.